VELLORE: GK Mani, President of the PMK party addressing the media, criticised the State government on a host of issues.
Condemning the rise of toll rates, Mani said that the frequent rise of toll rates in the National Highways (NH) in the State is ‘unjustifiable’ and demanded a ‘rollback’.
“Our party MP (Anbumani Ramadoss) will soon meet the Union Minister and officials concerned to highlight the issue,” said Mani while addressing the media persons here on Thursday.
He said the private operators had recently increased the toll rate by 15 per cent. “The road users are paying road tax when buying a vehicle. Adding to that, they have been charged at each toll plazas. If anyone wants to come to Chennai from any part of the State, he has to pay `1000 as toll,” he said.
When asked why his party did not take part in the by-elections he said, “The State Election Commission did nothing when a candidate was threatened or kidnapped by the ruling party candidates. Instead of conducting the elections, the Election Commission can declare the candidates of the ruling party as winners.”
On the power crisis in the State, he said, “The commissioning of thermal power plants in Mettur in Salem and Ennore in Chennai has been delayed for four years. Because of this, the State incurred a loss of `7000 crore.”
The Government should take necessary steps on warfooting to address the drinking water crisis in Northern districts, he further said. On Subramanian Swamy’s comment on the Tamil Nadu fisherman issue, he said it was condemnable.